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MILLBROOK — Saturday, Sept. 22, is the date of a must- attend event: the 11th Annual Fine Home Source Show — and it promises to be the biggest yet.

Once again, Crisp Architects will be sponsoring this annual fall event, which gets more popular each year. Admission is free, but a $2 donation can be made to the Millbrook Rotary Shelter Box.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 65 vendors will display their merchandise in the big white tent in front of the Band Shell on Franklin Avenue. The 2017 show attracted more than 600 visitors, and 2018 looks to attract even...

Millbrook

Wetlands public hearing ended

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WASHINGTON — Fewer than 15 residents attended the public hearing on the pending wetlands legislation in the town of Washington on Monday night, March 21, at the Millbrook firehouse.
“Thank you all for coming again,” welcomed town Supervisor Florence Prisco. “There are so few of us we really don’t need microphones.”
After more than two years of discussion there were still some comments that hadn’t been heard before. Dirk Rosse, who owns 30 aces on Overlook Road, said owners of wetlands are not offered compensation for the lack of use of their land, while everyone else benefits.

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Breakfast honors farming community

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MILLBROOK — Bos-Haven’s Tim Marshall received one of the coveted tractor awards at the 15th annual Ag Breakfast held on Tuesday, March 22, at the Farm and Home Center.

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Village agrees to $90,000 settlement for oil spill

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MILLBROOK — In a special last-minute meeting Monday night, March 21, the Millbrook Village Board agreed to the final terms of a settlement with the DeBonis family, which owns a home at 31 Merritt Ave., two doors down from Village Hall.
The agreement will add more than $90,000 to the estimated $1 million expense of cleaning up the oil contamination detected two years ago at the site.

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Thorne building eviction disputed

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MILLBROOK — Lawyers representing both sides in the dispute over the lease on the Thorne Building on Franklin Avenue appeared in town court on Thursday morning, March 17, to argue before Justice Bruce Aubin.
Allan Rappleyea represented tenants Michael and Erica Downing, and Rebecca Valk, the village attorney, presented the village’s case. Before starting in the courtroom, Aubin took both lawyers outside to try to settle the matter quickly. No success.

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Music kicks off BOE meeting

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MILLBROOK — Advance warning on higher school taxes occurred at the Monday, March 14, Board of Education meeting of the Millbrook Central School District. After the elementary and middle school choruses performed for the board as part of Music in the Schools Month, Superintendent Lloyd Jaeger presented an overview of what the district iexpects to present to voters on Tuesday, May 17.

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Students help the homeless

MILLBROOK — For the past six years, the fifth-graders at Dutchess Day School (DDS) have been helping the homeless of Dutchess County.
This year, with guidance from their health teacher, Nigel Pink, they raised awareness about the homeless situation in Dutchess County and collected donations from the school community. This project coincides with the fifth grade’s health class lessons about empathy and the importance of helping those who are less fortunate.

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February town of Washington real estate transfers

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WASHINGTON — Emmy-winning TV director James Burrows and his wife, Deborah, have sold Willow Grace Farm, named after “Will & Grace,” the TV show he directed. The property is located at 140 Butts Hollow Road; it sold for $15 million in February, a record price for any property in the town of Washington. Originally listed for $21 million, the property includes a 7,000-plus-square-foot house completed in 2007 and 145 acres of land, according to county records. The property is currently assessed for tax purposes at $7,116,800.

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Number one in robot teamwork

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MILLBROOK — The Dutchess Day School (DDS) robotics team, the DDS Docs, placed first in teamwork in the finals of the 11th annual Hudson Valley for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology LEGO League Tournament at Dutchess Community College on Saturday, Feb. 26, at Dutchess Community College (DCC).
Two teams from Millbrook, the Dutchess Day School team of mostly seventh-graders, and the young fifth-grade team from Alden Place Elementary, were among the 12 teams that qualified for the final competition after the first round was held on Feb. 5 among 40 area teams.

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Art of the Tart appears on Daily Beast

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MILLBROOK — Kate Weiner, Millbrook’s priestess of puff pastry who sells her fresh-baked tarts at the Farmer’s Market in Millbrook, has just posted her first piece for the Hungry Beast section of the website The Daily Beast.
Entitled “The Art of Making Puff Pastry,” the article begins, “There are 729 layers of dough and a whole lot of butter.” Eric Ripert, chef at the Michelin three star Le Bernardin, reportedly read the piece and loved it.

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Town of Washington edits and agrees on vision statement

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WASHINGTON — Even the Declaration of Independence was revised by Congress. In the same spirit, in front of the 1776 American flag at the Millbrook firehouse, the residents of the town of Washington gathered on Saturday morning, March 5, to discuss and then agree on their own version of the town’s future.

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